Standards for safety and security

Issue 02/2020 Standards help maintain data confidentiality and keep operational technology running

Technology touches many aspects of our lives and generates masses of data. Statistics show that currently 3,5 billion smartphone users send messages, upload video and photo content and use other apps on their phones which create data. We... More...

New standard under development aims to minimize facial recognition errors

From border controls, unlocking smart devices and enhancing retail security, to trials by some credit card companies for authenticating payments and hotels for checking in, the number of applications...

New IEC and ISO Standard will enable big data adoption across industry sectors

The main aim of ISO/IEC 20547-3:2020, Information technology — Big data reference architecture — Part 3: Reference architecture, is to facilitate a shared understanding across multiple products,...

Living in a direct current world

Many IEC Standards are paving the way for a direct current (DC) world. The most recent edition of IEC 60947-1 is a foundational standard for industrial switches and controlgear, which includes much...

The complexities of communicating with machines

Our lives are surrounded by machines for tasks ranging from the mundane to the complex. We rely on them to help us with our daily chores and to make better choices. They allow us to communicate with...

Machine readable emotions

The science fiction movie Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with the virtual assistant on his computer’s operating system. The assistant is personified through a female voice and, using...

Cybersecurity for broadcasters – a permanent priority

Broadcasters, and media companies in general, have been increasingly targeted by cyber attacks from a wide range of actors in recent years. Standardization organizations, IEC in particular, the...

Technical Committees Making plans for the IoT

What is in the future for IoT standardization? François...

Technology Focus The Intelligence of Things

For many experts, the Internet of Things (IoT) will become the...

Technology Focus Understanding halogen use

Halogens are generally considered to be any of the group of five...

Industry Spotlight Cyber security for critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure, ranging from traffic lights to...

Conformity Assessment IEC has new Executive Secretary for IECEE and IECRE Conformity Assessment Systems

Wolfram Zeitz took up his new role in January 2020 as Executive...

Conformity Assessment Workshop promotes the many benefits of IECRE marine energy certification

Twenty-two participants from Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico,...